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Mar 4, 2022

2 Policemen, 1 Civilian Charged for Shooting Near CARICOM/SICA Summit

Chester Williams

A trio of men, including two police officers, assigned to the security detail at the recent CARICOM/SICA Summit in San Pedro has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison after they were arrested for discharging firearms in the vicinity of Grand Caribe. It happened in the small hours of Wednesday morning when a sergeant and a police constable, in the company of a businessman, fired several shots offshore, not far from where several regional heads of state were staying.  Quick response led to the detention of the men who were in a boat a short distance away.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police, B.P.D.

“I was briefed while I was away that this was sometime around one a.m., I think, on the morning of Tuesday which is Wednesday morning, or the night of Tuesday which is Wednesday morning, that the sound of gunshots were heard coming from the sea in the vicinity of Grand Caribe where the summit was being held.  Simultaneously, police saw a vessel in the same direction where the shots were heard coming from. The police team responded and intercepted the vessel and onboard that vessel was Sergeant Pop and P.C. Kingston, both who were assigned to the Anti Narcotics Unit and a civilian. A search of the vessel, firearms were found and they admitted to discharging the weapons, stating that they were test firing them. Well, I don’t understand why they would go and test fire weapons in an area like that which they know was sterile because these officers were also involved in the security at this summit. And so based on that, the officers and the civilian were charged and they appeared before the court, they pled not guilty and they are currently remanded at prison.”


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